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    Default Sale countdown anywhere?

    I don't hold sales very often in my store, but when I do, I have customers who take a while to shop, fill their cart, during the sale, but then, by the time they check out, the sale is over. I can see that as very frustrating, especially when a sale is substantial.

    Is there a module that might show a countdown to the end of the sale on every page?

    Considering the different time zones, it can be frustrating to figure out. It looks like the date change is based on GMT which is not the time zone of the majority of my customers.

    Alternatively, would there be a way for someone with an active cart to "keep the price" of when they put it in the cart and not change by the time they get to the checkout?

    Just trying to allow customers to have a better experience, especially when they are happy to take advantage of a special sale.

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    Default Re: Sale countdown anywhere?

    Well, timezone is something set in php.ini and/or in the includes/extra_configures/set_time_zone.php

    As for sale ending: the maintenance mode configuration offers the ability to display a message on every page. If that message happens to be a countdown timer? Then so be it...

    As to holding a product in the cart and retaining the price... well, how far out do you do that? I mean, would it be an indefinite hold? An hour after the sale ended? 2 hours? Wouldn't whatever hold time then become the problem time and one needs to hold it longer? If it were put in the cart and then the user logged out, shouldn't they have access to that price when they again login? Etc... simplest to claim a start/end time period, advertise correctly and sufficiently and if "must" be nice, then do that on a case-by-case basis...
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    Default Re: Sale countdown anywhere?

    Maybe that maintenance mode setting could work.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Sale countdown anywhere?

    You can use my Sale Ending plugin:
    https://www.zen-cart.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=1120
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    Default Re: Sale countdown anywhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by swguy View Post
    Does it show the time too or just the date?
    That seems to be the annoying detail because of the time zones.

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    Default Re: Sale countdown anywhere?

    It shows the date. You could alter the code to show the timezone if you felt that was important.

    Sale expiry is not based on GMT, it's based on the time your store uses. If your store is not using your local timezone, you should fix that:

    https://docs.zen-cart.com/user/new_u...pics/timezone/
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    Default Re: Sale countdown anywhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by swguy View Post
    It shows the date. You could alter the code to show the timezone if you felt that was important.

    Sale expiry is not based on GMT, it's based on the time your store uses. If your store is not using your local timezone, you should fix that:

    https://docs.zen-cart.com/user/new_u...pics/timezone/
    The issue of the timezone is not whether it uses mine or not (I am not in a common time zone) but the fact that it is not in the customer's time zone, which would be another thing altogether, which is why, if a countdown was available, it would not matter where it is if the customer knows, while shopping, that there is 6 hours left or 3 hours left mostly to avoid "missing" it by 10 minutes or so!

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    Default Re: Sale countdown anywhere?

    This is a great point. I will update my module to support countdown style display in December.
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    Default Re: Sale countdown anywhere?

    Also, is that plugin compatible with 1.5.7? The description mentions only up to 1.5.4

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    Default Re: Sale countdown anywhere?

    It works with all 1.5.x versions. It hasn't been updated in a long time, that's why the version info is old.
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